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The Kodiak City Council came to a consensus to move forward with land-use plan for Near Island involving minimal future development at a council work session Tuesday. 

Over the past few months, the council has been deliberating over an update to the Near Island Development Plan. The overarching decision was over how to rezone the island for prospective development; the council was looking at three concepts: A, B and C. These concepts were respectively titled “Minimalized Development,” “Moderate Development” and “Maximalized Development.” 

Following a public hearing on the matter in February, during which dozens of residents voiced support for the “Minimalized Development” concept, the council reached a consensus to move forward with Concept A.

Several residents attended the work session to pass comment on the issue, all of whom voiced support for Concept A.

Reiterating his comments from previous meetings, as well as those of various residents, council member John Whiddon said, “I haven’t heard anything tonight that would convince me to change away from Plan A.”

City Mayor Pat Branson clarified for the council that the council would still have the ability to opt to rezone individual parts of Near Island for specific uses at a later point. 

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